$1,794,453 Funding Goal
Percentage Pledged/Funded: 100%
Number of Backers: 116
Funding End Date: January 31, 2017
You can view the organizations and libraries that have committed funds to Independent Voices here.
The flood-like appearance of an alternative press in the late 1960s expressed the upsurge of dissent and of aspiration of American youth. Feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals and the New Left, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Latinos, and members of the LGBT communities all began to publish newspapers and periodicals. Drawing their inspiration from the successes and failures of the Civil Rights movement and the movement against the Vietnam War, an amorphous but broad movement for radical change splintered. Black civil rights organizations like SNCC expelled whites from their organization, Students for a Democratic Society became increasingly divided over tactics and goals; radical feminists challenged male-dominated New Left groups as organizations that replicated the gendered roles of society they purportedly were seeking the remake; and marginalized groups like members of the LGBT community resisted police harassment at Stonewall and beyond. All of these groups found their voices in the alternative press.
From 2013 through January of 2019, Reveal Digital will release seven series on the alternative press focusing on that transformative period of the 1960’s – 1980s.
* GI Press
* Small literary magazines
* Right-wing press
The Collection includes the complete runs of newspapers, magazines and journals drawn from the special collections of source libraries. When completed, Independent Voices will represent the largest digital collection of alternative press titles, with complete runs of over 1,000 titles and 750,000 pages. We are holding open 10% of the expected page count to allow funding libraries to suggest titles to fit any local needs.
Independent Voices will move to open access in January 2019. Until that date, only funding libraries have full access to the Collection (anyone may search it). The Collection is hosted on the Reveal Digital platform, which provides page image-based access with full-text searching, hit-term highlighting, searchable title and issue-level metadata and browsing by series, title and source library.
Click here to begin searching the collection.
A limited number of publications are open access now, including:
Aint I a Woman, Amazon, American Exile Newsletter, Ann Arbor Sun, Barb on Strike, Battle Acts, Berkeley Barb, Berkeley Tribe, Bragg Briefs, Conditions, Duck Power, East Village Other, Everywoman, Forward, GI Press Service, Great Speckled Bird, Her-self, Lesbian Connection, New Directions for Women, Outlook, The Rag (Austin), Rap!, Rough Draft, Sinister Wisdom, The Spectator, Vietnam GI, Women: A Journal of Liberation.
MOST USED TITLES
In July, 2017, Reveal Digital distributed usage statistics to all funding libraries covering the July 2016 through June 2017 academic year. Below is a list of the top 10 most often viewed titles for that period.
1. Berkeley Barb – 4,757 page views
2. Los Angeles Free Press – 4,382 page views
3. Berkeley Tribe – 1,891 page views
4. The Rag (Austin) – 1,731 page views
5. Freedomways – 1,688 page views
6. San Francisco Good Times – 1,385 page views
7. East Village Other – 1,145 page views
8. New Left Notes – 1,116 page views
9. Other Scenes – 1,060 page views
10. ONE – 813 page views
Click on the page links below to view online the title lists for each Series.
An Excel workbook containing all series is available for download here:
Reveal Digital is the project champion for this project
|Library Type||One-Time Payment|
|2 yr colleges and smaller publics||$5,130|
|Masters and large publics||$6,770|
Original images will be stored as uncompressed 300 dpi 24-bit color TIFF images, conforming to the TIFF 6.0 specification. Images will be cropped to the page edge.
Derivative images will be 300 dpi JPEGs, compressed 20% for online delivery.
Issue level metadata will be provided in a METS/ALTO format with page-level OCR.
Source material is being provided by more than two dozen libraries and individuals, helping to make this a ground-breaking collaborative project. Large contributions have or will be made by Duke (feminism and lgbt), Northwestern (feminism and lgbt) and the GI Press Project, University of Wisconsin (literary), the University at Buffalo (literary), Michigan State University (underground), UMBC (Alt Press archives), University of Texas (Chicano), NYU (minority, underground), University of Kansas (right-wing), BGSU (underground) and University of Arkansas Little Rock (Native American). The complete list of source libraries may be found here. This list is updated automatically when material from new libraries is added to the collection.
As each series nears completion, you will find Series Overviews designed to help librarians raise awareness of Independent Voices with faculty and students. Please check back regularly for new overviews.